Harassing obese people, a practice known as “fat shaming,” does not encourage them to lose weight and can actually result in weight gain, a new study from the United Kingdom suggests.
In the study, nearly 3,000 adults were asked whether they had faced discrimination because of their weight, including whether they had been harassed, treated with less respect, received poor service at restaurants and stores or been treated as if they were not smart.
About 5% said they had experienced such fat shaming. Over a four-year period, those who reported weight discrimination gained about 2 pounds on average, while those who did not report weight discrimination lost about 1.5 pounds Read more…
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